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    Leslie's Pool School

    Hi, I am getting started to take care of my own pool. My local Leslie's store recommend their pool school service.

    "Leslie’s professional technician will come out to your home and show you how to use all of your equipment, including your valves, timers, pumps, filters, cleaners, chlorinators, and heaters."

    It's going to cost $110 for a one-hour lesson. Has anyone tried it before? Is it worth it? Thank you!
    20,000 gallons, IG plaster, probably built in the 80's.
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    Fountain booster: Century Centurion A O Smith, CAT B848, 1HP.
    Spa booster: G.E. Jacuzzi pump
    Heater: Raypak RP2100 Digital, Low Nox

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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    I wouldn't. You've got 30 some thousand people here who operate their own pools. If we can't figure it out, Leslie's hasn't got a chance.
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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    For some people, this would be worth it for the equipment orientation and operation. It might even make it easier for them to ask for help from us, as they will know the answers to all of the questions we will be asking. Just ignore everything they say about chemicals
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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    I agree with both of the previous responses to an extent.

    I am sure we could help you figure out everything, but if you are truly new to everything, it may be less daunting to have someone there to show you everything (ignore their chemical advice). At least then you would be better able to explain to us any problems you are having.
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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    I'll drive over to Riverside and figure out what valve goes where for 110 bucks. And I'll throw in a free water test. And I'll let you play with my speedstir.
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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    I'll drive over to Riverside and figure out what valve goes where for 110 bucks. And I'll throw in a free water test. And I'll let you play with my speedstir.
    Now there's some real pool schooling! I'd pay Richard $110 over Leslies any day.
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    Now there's some real pool schooling! I'd pay Richard $110 over Leslies any day

    Yea, and Richard is handsome too!
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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    I did the Leslie's Pool School for $60 at the beginning of summer season a couple of years back as I had NEVER had a pool before. It was helpful in learning what knob does what...how to clean the filters, what to do in case of..., blah blah. But DEFINITELY NOT worth anywhere near $100+
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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    Thank you all for the replies! I will try to figure things out with your help. If it gets too daunting, I will have Richard come over
    20,000 gallons, IG plaster, probably built in the 80's.
    Filter: Hayward Pro-Grid DE6020, 120 GPM.
    Pump: Magnetek century E-plus, Purex Triton Whisperflow, WFE-4C, 1HP.
    Fountain booster: Century Centurion A O Smith, CAT B848, 1HP.
    Spa booster: G.E. Jacuzzi pump
    Heater: Raypak RP2100 Digital, Low Nox

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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    Yeah I'd go with Richard over Leslie's! If I didn't know about my pool, I'd buy him a plane ticket to visit Ohio!
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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    Leslie's? Not a chance, I would rather call the zoo for their monkeys, who would be better informed about pools and would communicate better.
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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    Okay. I've read enough on this forum to realize how ignorant I am and how incompetent my pool guys are about maintaining the pool.

    Thanks, Richard, for offering to come over. Could you also teach us how to function the equipments and maintain the pool on our own? Please PM me with your contact. Thank you very much!
    20,000 gallons, IG plaster, probably built in the 80's.
    Filter: Hayward Pro-Grid DE6020, 120 GPM.
    Pump: Magnetek century E-plus, Purex Triton Whisperflow, WFE-4C, 1HP.
    Fountain booster: Century Centurion A O Smith, CAT B848, 1HP.
    Spa booster: G.E. Jacuzzi pump
    Heater: Raypak RP2100 Digital, Low Nox

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    Re: Leslie's Pool School

    If you take some good clear photos of the pool, the pump, the valves and filter equipment (all the stuff that makes noise), I am sure we can get give you some help.

    If Richard is coming over, all the better. It would also allow him to prepare better.
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